Nonprofit Basics: Navigating the Complex Rules That Describe A Public Charity
Welcome to EO Radio Show. This nonprofit basics episode is intended to help a founder of a new charity to navigate the complex rules that describe a public charity. Many people think that the designation 501(c)(3) means an organization is a charity, but there is more to it than that.
In this episode, we'll talk about the IRS classifications that distinguish between a public charity and a private foundation. We’ll talk about the four basic paths to public charity status and try to dispel some of the mysteries surrounding what it means to be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity. Then, we’ll close with some tips for a new organization that intends to qualify for public charity status based on fundraising from the public or, alternatively, primarily from generating income from their exempt function.
Exempt Organization Types: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/exempt-organization-types
Schedule A, Public Charity Tests: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f990sa.pdf
Instructions to Schedule A: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i990sa.pdf
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